Profiling. Daniel and Ezra were both recently stopped and frisked by the cops while walking down the

Profiling. Daniel and Ezra were both recently stopped and
frisked by the cops while walking down the street in New York City. Daniel is
African American. Ezra is an immigrant from Israel. Daniel feels like the
“stop-and-frisk” policy is blatantly racist. “The cops just target people of
color, looking for an excuse to hassle us,” he says. “I’ve got no reason to
fear the police. I’ve done nothing wrong. But it makes me mad.” Ezra is a bit
more sympathetic to stop-and-frisk policing. In Israel, people’s bags are
searched when they go to the corner store. Ezra says, “I’m not worried about
it.
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Profiling. Daniel and Ezra were both recently stopped and
frisked by the cops while walking down the street in New York City. Daniel is
African American. Ezra is an immigrant from Israel. Daniel feels like the
“stop-and-frisk” policy is blatantly racist. “The cops just target people of
color, looking for an excuse to hassle us,” he says. “I’ve got no reason to
fear the police. I’ve done nothing wrong. But it makes me mad.” Ezra is a bit
more sympathetic to stop-and-frisk policing. In Israel, people’s bags are
searched when they go to the corner store. Ezra says, “I’m not worried about
it. The cops know something about who is likely to commit a crime. They’re not
searching old ladies. That would be a waste of time. There are bad guys out
there. And I want the cops to catch them. If I fit the profile somewhat, it’s
worth the hassle. It actually makes me feel safer to know that they are
targeting their searches.” Daniel replies, “Yeah, but this is America, not the
Middle East!”

Is it racist and discriminatory to target certain people for
searches? Would it make you feel safer to know that the police were targeting
people in this way? Should equal treatment be sacrificed in the name of public
safety?

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